Fall is here and with it come all those pumpkin spice lattes, apple pies and warmly spiced teas, wafting in the wind. Even candle shops are touting a plethora of zesty autumn goods.
And we customers love it. Why? Here’s a sideways theory: because under all that sugar, there must be something in the delicious ingredients of the marketer’s dreamscape known as fall that is good for us. And our bodies know it.
Pumpkin, all spice, apples- all of these great foods have something going for them nutritionally. When looking at cinnamon, in particular, it’s hard to argue any differently.
What’s so special about the woody spice? Apparently, a lot.
Cinnamon has been traded for thousands of years as a food and perfuming agent, and it’s chock full of goodness. According to nutritionfacts.org the spice is an effective anti-oxidant that fights off free-radicals in the body that can trigger a host of diseases.
The wonder-spice has also been called a powerful anti-inflammatory, helping the body fight off infections and repair damaged tissues, and its bounty is so good that the American Diabetes Association states it can help improve blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes patients.
Cinnamon may also be good in helping to prevent heart disease. The miracles go on and on…
And so, the next time you find yourself making tea or getting a latte at a coffee shop, or maybe simply making your own pumpkin pie for friends and family to chow down on, be sure to sprinkle in a little extra.
Your mouth will love it. And the spice gods in your body and mind might thank you, too.